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I am working with Cleveland, Ohio artist Kathy Skerritt as her supervisor for her work on the Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change.

Kathy is working within Deep Ecology and Eco-feminism, using her artistic process as the basis for questions into her relationship with the environment. On her doorstep in Ohio is Lake Erie where Kathy has been working on a programme to re-orientate the stewardship of the Great Lakes towards a commons framework rooted in the wisdom of the ancient, Indigenous communities.

In her field diaries, she describes a trip to the lakeside where she observes the gulls, hoping perhaps, for the gift of a feather which might become a focus for an artistic offering. Later she finds the remains of a gull where there is absolutely nothing left but the wings, the surgical amputation performed perhaps by one of the hawks that make a home in nearby skyscrapers.

I found this image of Kathy's work, with all of it's archetypal associations with water and air, modestly placed among the pages of the diaries she offered as part of our supervision conversations.

It took my breath away.

So many images in the world

Its been a while since the Damien Hirst announced in the New York Times that: 'There are so many images in the world. An artist really doesn't need to create any more.'

Bad news Damien, photo sharers Flickr just blogged (4 Dec) that they are seeing a massive increase in the number of mobile devices used on their site: 'It’s rapidly becoming the norm for our members to use a camera phone to share their immediate world with others, and a mobile browser to keep track of friends and family.' 

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Well at least technology won't be a problem. The December issue of Professional Photographer is carrying an article extolling the virtues of using toy cameras to produce fine art and now, for 50 bucks, you can catch 'em young as you buy a waterproof/shockproof Fisher Price 'Kid Tough' digital camera for the kids.

I want one...

Leckey wins Turner Prize

This year's Turner Prize has resulted in the normal praise and brickbats.  Fanning the flames, winner Mark Leckey claimed that the young British Artists (Hirst, Emin and Banksy) who led the contemporary boom were a bad thing for the country's art.

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Mark Lecky; 'Felix gets broadcasted'

Some of the more interesting comment on Leckey's art came from Rachel Campbell Johnson in The Times: 'Leckey spins culture about like some mad DJ at the mixing table. We live in an era in which what could once be safely labelled as “reality” has dissolved away, he seems to say. A visual culture in which surveillance monitors are like rats in New York – you are never more than six feet from one – in which every house has a television set, every phone a camera, in which we can recognise thousands of places we have never been to, know thousands of people we have never met.'

Perhaps cameras and rats are an unfortunate coincidence but our visual culture is real enough. Rachel's column (in the hard-copy Times) is supplemented by her headshot portrait - it looks like mention of her name alone is not enough.  Happily though, she becomes another one of the 'thousands of people we have never met.' 

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